How We Did It

How We Did It

The Subban Plan for Success in Hockey, School and Life

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The ultimate hockey dad, Karl Subban is a former school principal and father of five, including three sons--P.K., Malcolm and Jordan--who have been drafted to the NHL. Karl's inspirational and moving story follows the hockey journey from house league to big league and shows how to grow the unlimited potential that is in every child. In his thirty-plus years of coaching, teaching and parenting, Karl Subban has proved to be a leader with the gift of inspiring others. He has dedicated his life to helping young people grow their potential--to be better at what they do, and to be better people. Originally from Jamaica, Karl Subban, along with his wife, Maria, have raised five accomplished children. Their oldest son is P.K. Subban, who won the Norris trophy for top defenceman in the NHL and whose trade from the Canadiens to the Nashville Predators shocked the hockey world. Their two daughters are teachers, one a university basketball star and the other a talented visual artist. Their two youngest sons, Malcolm and Jordan, have been drafted and signed by the Bruins and the Canucks. As a child, Karl dreamed of being a star cricket player--but when he moved to Canada at age 12, hockey and basketball became his new passions. At university, when he realized his NBA hoop dreams would not come to be, Subban found his true destiny as an educator, devoting his life to bringing out the best in his students and his children. From the backyard hockey rink to the nail-biting suspense of draft days, Karl Subban shares tales of his family's unique hockey journey. Mixing personal stories with lessons he learned as a coach and principal--lessons about goal-setting, perseverance and accomplishment--How We Did It will allow other parents, teachers, coaches and mentors to apply the same principles as they help the young people in their lives to identify, develop and live their dreams."
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2017
ISBN: 9780345816719
0345816714
Branch Call Number: 796.962 S941h
Characteristics: 293 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Colby, Scott

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writermala
Oct 30, 2017

A solid memoir about a hockey family - a family of Jamaican origin where both parents came from Jamaica and did not grow up with hockey. Now three members of the Subban family are in the NHL and PK the eldest has won the Norris trophy for being the best defense-man in the league. Yes, PK (and his brothers too ) have faced discrimination and the occasional N word but they have been classy about it as their parents taught them. So, what is the Subban family's formula for success? Neither Karl nor his wife Maria had a sense of entitlement. They believed one had to have dreams and work very hard to achieve these dreams. They supported their sons and their two daughters in their dreams and they have been widely successful. Karl himself wanted to play Basketball in the NBA but didn't make the cut. He went to plan B and worked hard to become a teacher and then a Principal. He succeeded in these too and now he is a highly rated public speaker. All these exploits make for interesting reading and makes the book an excellent read.

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